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When Incursions erupted across the battlefields of the American Civil War in the mid 1800s, the course of a parallel reality's history was shifted forever. On that world, Jeremiah Rogers, a volunteer cavalryman under Theodore Roosevelt, took up an Iso-8-driven armor-and-shield Combo and became a symbol of American strength and resilience.

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The Daily Bugle []

New York, July 6th 1863


Readers may recall descriptions of the peculiar disturbances reported from Manassas, Virginia, following the battle at the Bull’s Run shortly after the onset of the rebellion. As Union Troops were overwhelmed by the rebel assault and began their disorderly retreat to Centerville, civilian observers spoke of unusual happenings on the vacated field of the battle.

      Descriptions ranged from “lightning in a clear sky” to “warping of the landscape” as one might see through the curvature of a thick lens of glass. While the phenomena was initially dismissed as a flight of fancy owing to civilian unfamiliarity with the trappings of a modern military engagement, or perhaps a fever-tale brought on by the warm nature of the day, the accounts of these events, though varied, were plentiful. Some went as far as to credit this unconfirmed anomaly with halting the rebel’s pursuit of retreating Union forces.

      It would seem that these initial civilian reports may not have been as far-fetched as originally thought. Another occurrence of strange energy, with many similar trappings, was reported to have occurred following the intense three day battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where some 3,000 federal troops are estimated to have fallen, with perhaps twice that number in rebel casualties.

      This time, owing to the Union victory, the phenomena and its aftermath were able to be observed and documented by Union military officials. While there remains little explanation as to the cause of these disturbances, their origination near major fields of combat is thought at this time not to be coincidental.

      The strange energy in Gettysburg interrupted ongoing efforts to bury the deceased and tend to wounded and prisoners. Some early reports indicated that a strange crystalline substance was left behind in the aftermath of the energy disruption, but no persons with knowledge of the incident have been able to confirm this.

Civilian steamers to be outfitted for war.


As many as ten transports to be requisitioned by the Navy.


Cornelius van Dyne—“eager to protect seafaring assets,” said the entrepreneur.
From Harrisburgh

Rebel army believed to be in full retreat, following most desperate battle in the war to date. Remnants of General Lee’s army said to be low on supplies and ammunition, cornered. Lee expected to surrender within days. Army of the Potomac in high spirits.


New York, August 30th 1877


Hundreds gathered today in Menlo Park to witness a public demonstration of Thomas Edison’s latest and greatest. The scene was one of mingled bemusement and anticipation, as men, women, and children alike clamored for the prominent inventor to dazzle them with some new incarnation of his now to-be-expected wizardry.

      Mr. Edison himself was in high spirits, and though he feigned consternation over the fact that the gathered crowd had grown so thoroughly tired of the phonograph in just a few months as to be already hounding him for something new, he didn’t keep them waiting long. The miracle of the hour was a miniaturized carriage, framed all in metal, which was propelled and controlled by forces unseen.

      The astonishment of the crowd quickly turned to incredulity, as one bystander went so far as to insinuate that there must be a trained animal hidden inside, making it go. This seemed to amuse Edison, who was prepared, it seems, for precisely such a doubt. Unfastening the roof of the carriage, the inventor revealed to all the mechanism inside: a glowing mineral fragment, submerged inside a boiling liquid bath. As the crowd looked on in shocked silence, several ribbons of energy arced from the mineral to metallic nodules, fastened around the bath. From these nodules ran piping to a gear system that spontaneously came to life, propelled the carriage forward.

      The crystal power source was confirmed to be a fragment of Pym-Mineral, a substance that has been much in the news of late. Longtime readers will of course remember this mineral’s battlefield discovery during the War of the Rebellion, and its subsequent, most prominent use to deter an assassination attempt against President Lincoln.

      For a little over a decade, research into applications of the mineral have been exclusively spear-headed in the War Department by Dr. Donald Pym, for whom it takes its name. In light of the mineral’s proliferation in other nations of the world, however, the Federal Government has recently relaxed its policy of prohibiting civilians from possessing the substance.

      Edison proclaimed that inventors haven’t even scratched the surface of this material’s potential yet, even as he went on to demonstrate that, not only was Pym-Mineral being used to propel the device, but by manipulating the invisible energy fields given off by another fragment of the same crystal, he was actually able to steer the carriage from a distance, with no physical contact whatever.


President Tilden, today, extended the olive branch to disgruntled railroad workers, offering government subsidies to ailing rail companies as an incentive for the two sides to come to terms on wage rates. The strike, which has carried on since mid-July, has spread in both scope and violence in recent weeks, as workers from several more lines joined in the riot. When accused by opponents in Congress of yielding to violent threat, the President remarked that “the continuation of the strike, destruction of property, and human suffering was in no one’s best interest—not the railway companies, not the striking workers, and certainly not the American people.”


Freedom fighters in Cuba faced a tragic setback, Monday, as Spanish forces marshaled by Count Henrique Zemo opened fire on civilian families in regions known to be sympathetic to the resistance. Zemo, a foreign volunteer in the Confederate army during the War of the Rebellion, was relieved of his commission by General Lee during the campaign in Pennsylvania, for unknown reasons. A career military man, Count Zemo has served as Governor of Cuba and de facto General of Spain’s military forces on the island since before the fighting began.


New York, July 2nd 1898


Heavy Losses • Deadly New Weapons

SEVILLA, CUBA. Over two hundred Americans dead in the storming of heavy Spanish fortifications along the crests of San Juan Hill and Kettle Hill. The combined advancing force of U.S. Military, U.S. Volunteer, and Cuban resistance forces met only scattered enemy opposition while moving inland toward the heights, and was unprepared for the brunt of a fully entrenched Hydra division.

      The elite Spanish troops deployed never-before-seen Mineral-8 electro-rifles against the first infantry regiments to reach the exposed face of the hill. “Never seen anything like it,” described one survivor of that initial assault. “It was like the clear blue sky opened up and spat lightning down ‘pon every man in the 5th. Thousand bolts a minute. If you still had your feet after that, you were so deaf and blind from it, you didn’t even know which direction to fall down.”

      The initial plan called for air-cavalry to suppress the main Spanish position from above, covering the infantry regiments’ advance with Gatling fire from Mineral-8 loft-ships. Fire from the Hydra troops was so intense around the hilltop, however, that one of the loft-ships was downed immediately and the other forced to withdraw or be destroyed as well.

      With air support eliminated, Col. Roosevelt realized that they might momentarily be facing a complete rout unless something was done to free the surviving infantry pinned all along the ascent. He sent word for the supply train to bring forward one of the Mineral-powered armors they’d abandoned for being sweltering deathtraps in the jungle skirmishes previous. Though Roosevelt had planned to wear the suit personally, one of his Rough Rider Captains, Jeremiah Rogers insisted on donning the gear.

      “He powered on that shield and a bunch of us slid a full step back,” recalled one member of Rogers’s unit. “The hum from the Mineral-8 was that strong. We all practiced with that gear, but never seen it surge like that before.”

      Roosevelt himself relates, “I turned to muster the Riders for the push forward, and when I turned back, Rogers was already halfway up the hill.” He smiles then, one part bemusement, one part chagrin, “there was nothing for it then but to try to catch up.”


The movement to dry out the nation may be gaining support as a bill headed for the senate would ban all foreign liquor imports. Many of the politicians in support of the bill claim that they are merely looking out for American business interests, and that this is in no way a step towards complete prohibition.


Explorer Francis Rand returns from Himalayan expedition with fanciful tail of forgotten city in the clouds. Claims to have met immortal warriors, seen Dragon! (Cont’d P. 12)


New York, October 19th 1901


WASHINGTON D.C., Congress yesterday passed legislation to expand the role and responsibilities of the Treasury Department’s Secret Service. The organization, previously tasked mainly with combating the rise in currency counterfeiting operations since the Civil War is being expanded to provide full-time personal protection details for the President of the United States as well as visiting political dignitaries.

      Since the assassination of President McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, last month, the legislative body has sought a permanent solution to the problem of protecting government officials in public. There was some debate over whether to form a new Department of Protections or to expand the purview of an existing organization. For expediency, the Treasury’s Secret Service Division, as the federal government’s largest police body, was eventually selected for the task.

      Congressional insiders with an eye towards President Roosevelt’s known style of frontline leadership and his daring exploits during the war in Cuba, expected the chief executive to bristle at the prospect of an entire department dedicated to the job of his protection.

      The President, however, had this to say, “You are no doubt familiar with the West African proverb, ‘speak softly and carry a big stick—you will go far.’ It is with this in mind that I welcome the expansion of the Secret Service Division and its future role in protecting not only myself, but our nation’s great interests at home and abroad. Only the exercise of intelligent forethought and decisive action sufficiently far in advance can help to stave off any crisis.”

      President Roosevelt went on to name Captain Jeremiah Rogers to the head of the new task force’s foreign intelligence gathering efforts. A longtime friend and military companion of Roosevelt’s, Captain Rogers is best remembered as the Rough Rider hero who led the charge at San Juan Hill, during the war in Cuba. Roosevelt went on to outline his plans for the Service to be outfitted with a new wave of Isotope-8 weaponry from the War Department.


Following pressure from President Roosevelt, the US Department of Justice has filed suit against the Roxxon Oil company for maintaining a monopoly on oil and gas sales in the United States, in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trist Act. Infractions documented against Roxxon include the use of unfair business practices, non-competitive price discrimination, extortion, and other ‘political manipulations’ to ensure local favor over their competitors.


LA CHORERA, PANAMA, Columbia’s civil strife continues to deepen as insurgent forces in panama faced heavy fire from a battery of Isotope weaponry, late Wednesday. Though the government’s fiscal insolvency lingers, soldiers fighting for the dominant Conservative party continue to be armed by unknown foreign benefactors.

      New sources shed some light on the mysterious armament, suggesting that the radical political organization Hydra might be involved. One military official with knowledge of the situation went so far as to suggest that Hydra had been influencing political affairs in the region since the contested election that saw Manuel Sanclamente rise to the presidency. The results of that election, which Liberal party insurgents claim was fraudulent, are cited as one of the main factors in triggering the civil war.

      If true, this activity in Central America would be the latest in a series of attempts by Hydra to insinuate itself in the geopolitical landscape of crucial military locations around the world. First coalescing in Spain over two decades ago, Hydra has become an aggressive military and political entity, consolidating the remnants of defeated and disgruntled political factions, from coups, rebellions, and other civil unrest worldwide.

      President Roosevelt continues to monitor the situation in Columbia, ordering his newly formed Secret Service task force to readiness. Roosevelt has vowed, however, that the United States will not intervene without explicit request from the Columbian people.


New York, November 2nd 1903


PANAMA CITY, Captain Jeremiah Rogers with a Secret Service task force led multiple rapid actions against Columbian national forces, Sunday. The attack force made a covert assault against a Columbian gunboat off the cost of Colón, boarding and scuttling the vessel, before making their way to land. With surprise on their side, the Captain’s squad took the entire crew as war prisoners, transferring them to the Navy’s USS Nashville, which was supporting the action.

      Rogers, whom the Panamanian separatists have already dubbed “Captain America” for his ongoing service to the freedom of peoples throughout the Americas, employed his trademark Iso-8 armor and shield during the assault. With Colón’s occupying force cut off from naval reinforcement, the Secret Service in conjunction with Panama’s resistance fighters were able to solicit the surrender of the Columbian regiment after a minimal skirmish.

      Hostilities erupted between the United States and Columbia after the Columbian government agreed to a treaty with the U.S. to establish an Isthmus canal in Panama, only to renege on the agreement days later. While there has long been support for such a canal across party lines in the region, it is widely known that the Hydra faction within Columbia’s unstable government has strongly opposed a U.S. presence in Central America. It is now believed that Hydra exerted military pressure against the governing body to force a reversal on the treaty.

      The Panamanians themselves, strong supporters of the proposed U.S. agreement found the flames of their dissatisfaction with Columbian governance again fanned. A call to independence was raised as well as a request for intervention from the United States. President Roosevelt, eager to secure and protect the site of the intended Atlantic-Pacific waterway, ordered the deployment of his Secret Service to bolster Panama’s defenses.

      While the Columbian occupiers have been subdued, Hydra is expected to make one last push to retake the isthmus and to force the United States out of the region. The Panamanians seemed unconcerned, however, noting that, after all, they have “Captain America” on their side.


NEW YORK, SUNDAY, Boxing fans got a treat over the weekend as mayor Franklin Fisk granted a special exemption to allow the Gentleman’s Athletic Club of Westchester to mount a public boxing exhibition at the Palladium athletic center of Empire State University. By far the highlight of the ticket was the middleweight matchup of “Mighty” Max Murdock versus Stiehl “The Pulverizer” Creel.

      This one was a puncher’s match right from the first bell, as neither fighter stopped swinging until the referee dragged them to their corners. Creel looked to have the advantage early, as he opened a wound over Murdock’s eye in the second round, and twice caught Murdock blind from that side, sending him staggering. To his credit though, MM kept his feet and in the seventh finally got his haymaker to land, after which Creel went down to his knees and was counted out by the official, unable to continue.

      Hopefully this event won’t be the last of its kind, but don’t start sharpening those left hooks just yet—boxing remains illegal throughout the state, and most of the country, and Mayor Fisk has said he has no immediate plans to grant further exemptions for the sport, at this time.


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